News Archive - 2007
Latest Physics newsletter, July - september 2007 (12/2/07)
Congratulations to Professor Yves Idzerda, who has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Fellowship is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership of APS
Dr. Jonathan Cirtain, who earned his Ph.D. in Physics at MSU in 2005, has the cover story on the December 7, 2007 issue of Science. Jonathan leads a team of solar physicists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center studying X-ray jets at the base of the solar corona using data from the Japanese Hinode satellite. With Hinode's high sensitivity, Cirtain's team observed an average of 240 jets per day. They conclude that magnetic reconnection, a process where two oppositely charged magnetic fields collide and release energy, is frequently occurring in the low solar corona. This interaction forms both Alfven waves and the burst of energized plasma in X-ray jets.
A recent Physical Review Letter by MSU Physics Professor Yves Idzerda and graduate student Keith Gilmore, as well as M.D. Stiles at NIST, is attracting a lot of attention in the technical press, as their work provides the first theoretical calculations of the damping mechanism for excited magnetic states in these key metals. See here for more details.
Asteroid named after Physics Faculty Member!
Department Head Bill Hiscock has been elected to serve a two-year term as vice-Chair of the Aviation Committee of the Aerospace States Association (ASA). ASA is a bi-partisan scientific and educational organization of Lieutenant Governors and Governor-appointed delegates.
MSU Physics researchers say new telescope making it easier to predict solar explosions. Read article...
Ian Lake is the 2007 recipient of the William E. Parkins Engineering-Physics Award. This award honors the MSU student with the top grade point average in engineering, math, and physics courses. Ian is a double major in Physics and Computer Science.
I'm very pleased to announce the success of several members of our department in being named for College and MSU campus awards:
Professor Bennett Link has discovered strong evidence that neutron stars with strong magnetic fields are heated by the decay of those fields. His work is reported in a new Physical Review Letter and is also attracting attention in the popular science press:
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jiong Qiu! She has been selected by the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society to receive the 2007 Karen Harvey Prize, awarded in recognition for a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person's professional career. The Harvey Prize was previously (2003) awarded to MSU Solar Physics professor Dana Longcope; faculty in the MSU Solar Physics group has received 40% of the Harvey Prizes awarded!
Congratulations to the Space Science and Engineering Laboratory (SSEL) Ground Station Team. MSU's SSEL has been officially recognized as one of the first 20 ground stations worldwide to successfully track and downlink data from NASA's GeneSat satellite, launched Dec. 16. SSEL has downlinked over 500 data packets, a remarkable achievement since GeneSat's low inclination orbit means it is never higher than 30 degrees above the horizon as seen from Bozeman. MSU news article here.
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